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Nicola Benedetti

August 18, 2010

The Lark Ascending

A single lark swoops and flits, hovers and circles, all the while rising higher and higher over the English countryside. It's Ralph Vaughan Williams' much-loved work for violin and orchestra, "The Lark Ascending." We'll hear Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti in a performance at a London Proms concert a couple of weeks ago. Then we'll be the ones doing the ascending, riding the gondola to the top of the mountain at the Aspen Music Festival. We'll hear Dvorak's Carnival Overture, from a concert last summer at Aspen.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Arcangelo Corelli
    Sonata for Strings in A Minor, Op. 1, No. 4
    The Purcell Quartet and friends
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Violin Concerto No. 2 in D, K. 211
    Gil Shaham, violin, the Aspen Festival Orchestra, David Zinman, conductor
    Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, Colorado
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestant is Gary Hoffman from Ketchum, Idaho
  • Francesco Geminiani
    Concerto Grosso in D Minor for Strings and Continuo, after Corelli's Op. 5, No. 12 (La Folia)
    Musicians from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
    Alice Tully Hall, New York City

hour 2

  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
    The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman, conductor
  • Vincent Persichetti
    Excerpts from Serenade No. 10 for Flute and Harp, Op. 79
    Aralee Dorough, flute, Paula Page, harp
    International Festival-Institute at Round Top, Round Top, Texas
  • Antonin Dvorak
    Carnival Overture, B. 169, Op. 92
    The Aspen Festival Orchestra, David Zinman, conductor
    Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, Colorado
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams
    The Lark Ascending
    Nicola Benedetti, violin, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Donald Runnicles, conductor
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • Stephen Sondheim
    Send in the Clowns, from A Little Night Music
    Judi Dench, singer, the BBC Concert Orchestra, David Charles Abell, conductor
    The BBC Proms, London, England
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